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Registration Information for Charitable Organizations

The Solicitation of Funds for Charitable Purposes Act, 10 P.S. Section 162.1 et seq ., requires all organizations soliciting funds for a charitable purpose to register with the Department of State's Bureau of Charitable Organizations before they solicit contributions in Pennsylvania unless they are specifically excluded or exempt from the Act. 

The Act also requires solicitors to register prior to soliciting for charitable organizations in Pennsylvania, and fundraising counsels to register prior to providing services related to solicitations in Pennsylvania. 

A "solicitation" is any direct or indirect request for a contribution where a representation is made that the contribution will be used for a charitable purpose.  It includes, among other things, oral requests made in person, by telephone, radio, television, or other communication media; written requests; and sales of advertising space, chances, food, magazines, tickets, or other items of value. 
A "contribution" is any promise, grant, or pledge of money, property, or other item in response to a solicitation, including the promise to pay for a performance, event, good or service. 
While the Act generally requires organizations soliciting contributions in Pennsylvania to register with the bureau prior to doing so, certain organizations are specifically excluded or exempt from the Act. 
If your organization is soliciting contributions from Pennsylvania residents and is not excluded or exempt, it must file a BCO-10 registration statement for its most recently completed fiscal year; a copy of its IRS 990 return; and the appropriate financial statements within 30 days of receiving more than $25,000 in gross national contributions or prior to compensating someone to solicit contributions from Pennsylvania residents. 
Organizations receiving more than $25,000 but less than $50,000 have the option of filing internally prepared, compiled, reviewed, or audited financial statements.  Compiled financial statements must be prepared by a licensed certified public accountant or licensed public accountant.  Organizations receiving between $50,000 and less than $100,000 can file compiled, reviewed or audited financial statements.  Organizations receiving between $100,000 and less than $300,000 can file reviewed or audited financial statements, and organizations receiving $300,000 and over must file audited financial statements.  Reviews and audits must be performed by an independent, licensed public accountant or an independent, licensed certified public accountant.  For a detailed chart concerning the financial filing requirements, please review the Instructions page of the registration packet.  
First-time registrants must also submit copies of other official documents, such as their organizational charter and by-laws. 
You can access the Solicitation of Funds for Charitable Purposes Act, or download a registration packet through this Web site.  You can request clarification about any of these matters by calling or writing the Bureau. 

Registration Packet 

Click here to download a registration packet.
BCO-2 Form is for non-renewal only. Extension requests by Charitable Organizations are no longer required.

Extensions and Renewals

Extension requests are no longer required for charitable organizations.  This does not apply to Institutions of Purely Public Charity. 
                           Charity Registration Renewal Reminder:                    
         Renewal Reminders will no longer be mailed.
2013 Fiscal Year End 
Renewal Due Date*
January 31
December 12, 2013 
February 28
January 9, 2014 
March 31
February 9, 2014 
April 30
March 11, 2014 
May 31
April 11, 2014 
June 30
May 11, 2014 
July 31
June 11, 2014 
August 31
July 12, 2014 
September 30
August 11, 2014 
October 31
September 11, 2014 
November 30
October 11, 2014 
December 31
November 11, 2014 
  Fiscal Year 2014  End                
Renewal Date 
January 31, 2014 
December 12, 2014 
February 28, 2014
January 15, 2015 ** 
March 31, 2014
February 15, 2015 
April 30, 2014
March 15, 2015 
May 31, 2014
April 15, 2015 
June 30, 2014 
May 15, 2015 
July 31, 2014 
June 15, 2015 
August 31, 2014 
July 15, 2015 
September 30, 2014
August 15, 2015 
October 31, 2014
September 15, 2015 
November 30, 2014
October 15, 2015 
December 31, 2014
November 15, 2015 
* Renewal due date includes automatic extension. If the renewal due date falls on a weekend or holiday, you have until the next business day to file your renewal.            
* * Act 141 of 2014 changes the renewal date for charitable organizations from 135 days after the close of the fiscal year to the 15th day of the fifth month following the close of the fiscal year. Similarly, Act 141 permits the Department to extend the time for filing the renewal of registration to a date not to exceed the 15th day of the eleventh month following the close of the organization’s fiscal year.
Act 141 is effective on December 13, 2014. Charitable organization registration renewals due on or after December 13, 2014 will be due on the date required by the new law and as indicated in the chart above. Act 141 does not apply to the renewal dates for Institutions of Purely Public Charity (IPPs), professional solicitors or professional fundraising counsel.
Previously-issued certificates of registration contain the former expiration and automatic extension date, but such expiration date will be extended by operation of law. Previously-issued certificates of registration will not be reissued to reflect the new expiration and automatic extension date.

Printing Problems

If you have additional questions about printing Charities’ forms, please contact the Bureau toll-free within Pennsylvania at 1-800-732-0999 or at 717-783-1720.